By Alemayehu G. Mariam
Is PM Abiy Ahmed profitable the battle (of concepts) for hearts and minds?
In an interview, a self-styled journalist-cum-former-regime official-turned-opposition activist and avowed opponent of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pointedly accused PM Abiy Ahmed of having vanquished his legion of opposition by persuading them to quaff a “particular drink that strikes their cerebellum and makes them high.”
PM Abiy has turned the entire Ethiopian opposition into zombies and senseless automatons.
Until April 2, 2018, the supposedly decimated Ethiopian opposition was recognized by the label “terrorists” or “extremist diasporans”.
What could possibly be the particular libation PM Abiy is serving the Ethiopian opposition (“terrorists and extremist diasporans”) to give them a dopamine rush and get them flying excessive as a kite, sleepwalk the political panorama holding their arms out uttering a low, guttural moan and eat out of the palms of his palms?
I have heard of people getting sloshed on “Martinis”, “Gimlets”, “Manhattans”, “Margaritas” and even “ Zombies“.
Might PM Abiy’s particular brew or cocktail be “Medemer”?
Guinness beer’s jingle is it “refreshes your spirit”.
What’s a becoming jingle for “Medemer”?
“You are feeling entire with Medemer.” “Medemer, really feel the vibe.” “Medemer, one love, one coronary heart.”
Here is my translation of a phase of the interview (begins at 32:10 min.) between Abebe Belew, a well known Ethiopian radio character, and a self-styled journalist-cum-former- prime regime official-turned-opposition activist and self-declared nemesis of PM Abiy:
… Now the individuals listening to you’d say we all struggled to result in change. Once you take a look at it from the attitude of the place we’ve got reached, from these forces towards whom we tried to make change, who do you assume continues to be around still alive and with functionality at the moment from those that needed to bring about change?
Self-styled journalist-cum-former-regime official-turned-opposition activist…:
I don’t understand [the question].
Once you see it, we now have made an entire lot of effort, to the purpose of exhaustion to vary [the situation in Ethiopia over the past 27 years]. In the middle came Dr [PM] Abiy giving [inspiring] speeches and that resulted in [changes] we see now. Whenever you look in perspective, that drive [opposition] that was making an attempt to make change and once you see what has modified, which has substance?
Self-styled journalist-cum-former-regime official-turned-opposition activist…:
What are Dr. Abiy’s successes? Since I need to discuss them, and if we proceed by numbering them 1 and a couple of, [let me say] Dr. Abiy’s largest success for me is disarming of what are referred to as the opposition or to disarm them of their weapons. His first huge achievement is his success in disarming the opposition. That does not imply actually to disarm them from firing bullets. I imply disarm them with concepts.
His largest achievement is to first disarm the opposition. Of arms and ideas and different things. That is one achievement.
Second, whenever you drink, if you begin consuming an excessive amount of, the part of the mind that shortly gets affected is your cerebellum. [When it is affected] it makes you wobble and so forth. He made the opposition take drinks that may make them drunk and strike their cerebellum.
That is what he did. Subsequently, his largest achievement number one with the so-called opposition is to disarm them and give them a potent drink. The drink might make them feel high however it struck their cerebellum. That is the primary.
So, whenever you see it comprehensively, what you now name the opposition drive, immediately they’re clapping their arms in the air. That’s what occurred. I feel that’s one in every of his successes…
… To disarm means to decrease the opposition’s financial capability and weaken their supporters. In some instances, he made his opposition his supporters.
At the moment we had a peaceful protest. There are numerous who didn’t take part. Up to now, they used to hitch with us in protest. I’m not saying that they should participate with us. But he has disarmed them…
Regardless, he has weakened the power of the opposition. Whether the opposition will ever recuperate is something that makes me anxious. Really, is it potential for the opposition to proceed like this in constancy usually? That may be a heavy burden for me. That’s his largest success, I feel…
Medemer: PM Abiy’s secret weapon/formulation/drink?
PM Abiy has publicly announced his ebook on “Medemer” will probably be revealed this yr.
However he has not introduced his guide may also be obtainable for libation in a bottle.
If PM Abiy has plans to bottle Medemer, I hope he’ll think about having Medemer wine tasting events for the opposition at residence and overseas.
I’ve written extensively on PM Abiy’s “Medemer” concepts having studied his speeches and public statements.
In the interest of full disclosure, I need to confess I used to be the primary to be “Medemer-ed” before PM Abiy ever introduced the thought in public.
I’m surprised by the open admission of a vociferously bombastic self-declared implacable ideological foe of PM Abiy that the thought of “Medemer” has decidedly gained the day and the hearts and minds of the opposition in Ethiopia.
PM Abiy “has weakened the power of the opposition. Whether or not the opposition will ever get well is one thing that makes me anxious,” whined the self-styled foe in complete capitulation.
I might have anticipated a die-hard PM Abiy detractor to difficulty a call to arms literally or figuratively.
A declaration of an unconditional give up waiving the white flag is something beyond my imagination.
Hear ye! Hear ye!
PM Abiy is coming! PM Abiy is coming!
Run in your lives!
PM Abiy provides you with “drinks that may strike your cerebellum.”
PM Abiy has disarmed the opposition!
They’re all sleep walking in drunken stupor.
PM Abiy has overpowered, routed, conquered, vanquished and stampeded the opposition.
PM Abiy has declared, “Veni, vidi, vici!” (I came, I noticed, I conquered.)
The Ethiopian opposition is lifeless. Long stay the Ethiopian opposition!?
Lotus Eaters and Lotus Drinkers?
In my research, I have come across the mythology of the Lotus Eaters.
In Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus returning house on a ten yr journey to Ithaca following the fall of Troy was blown in the direction of the African coast (possible present day Libya). His soldiers met up with native inhabitants who fed them a mysterious plant (lotus) which induced blissfulness and forgetfulness. Confused and disoriented, they had to be dragged again to the ship and chained to rowing-benches to continue the journey house.
I am amazed to study PM Abiy has indeed achieved such mythological powers to get all of Ethiopia’s opposition who have been on many years lengthy journey to partake of a “lotus drink” to make them overlook their years of wrestle and languish and vegetate in drunken stupor.
Arguably, because the first Ethiopian diaspora public supporter (of fame or notoriety) of PM Abiy and foremost unrelenting critic of the earlier regime, I ought to have been the primary to have taken a sip from the chalice of the PM Abiy’s lotus drink and wafted away within the la-la-land of forgetfulness and bliss.
However I do not forget!
I don’t forget the cruelty and barbarity if the Tigrean Individuals’s Liberation Front over the past 27 years.
I don’t forget the criminality and brutality of the TPLF over the previous 27 years.
I don’t forget the corruption, cronyism and mendacity of the TPLF over the past 27 years.
I don’t forget the crimes towards humanity and nature of the TPLF over the previous 27 years .
I do not forget Ethiopiawinet was a criminal offense, a badge of blame and shame over the previous 27 years underneath TPLF rule.
I do not forget the last 27 years when Ethiopians have been pressured to confess their tribal and ethnic affiliations simply to survive.
I do not forget the final 27 years when Ethiopians lived in a nightmare state of worry, terror and dreaded the midnight knock on the door and the swift road abduction at midday by faceless goons.
I don’t forget the last 27 years when Ethiopians sporting the incorrect ethnic colors have been demonized, dehumanized, demoralized, ostracized and categorized and was the strolling lifeless.
Above all, I do not forget TPLF “sleeper” wolves masquerading in sheep’s clothes in the diaspora.
I don’t forget those that defended the TPLF’s anti-terrorism regulation as having been designed to “impose strict felony legal responsibility on any media outlet that disseminates info that ‘voice[s] out the intention of terrorists.’” Immediately, the defender of the anti-terrorism regulation laments the demise of the identical “terrorists” who sipped from the chalice of Medemer.
However I keep in mind, daily.
I keep in mind PM Abiy launched tens of hundreds of political prisoners held in public and private jails by the TPLF.
I keep in mind PM Abiy stabilized the financial system after it was sucked dry by the TPLF.
I keep in mind PM Abiy’s message of love as a result of it’s the only solution to stay. Dying and hating isn’t a lot of a dwelling.
I keep in mind PM Abiy’s energizing us with the phrases, “Once we are alive, we’re Ethiopians. Once we die (and switch to mud) we turn into the land that is Ethiopia.”
I keep in mind PM Abiy’s message that we can’t make progress until we study and follow to forgive and reconcile.
I keep in mind PM Abiy’s invitation to have a battle of concepts for the hearts and minds of the Ethiopian individuals. Let the winner take all! If he loses the battle of ideas on the polls, he’ll depart workplace in less than 24 hours.
I keep in mind PM Abiy scouring the Horn of Africa and the Middle East on the lookout for our exiled brothers and sisters forgotten in the jails and prisons, discovered them and introduced them house.
I keep in mind PM Abiy making peace with neighbors.
I keep in mind PM Abiy promoting intra- and inter-religious concord.
I keep in mind, I keep in mind nicely PM Abiy travelling ten thousand miles to America to deliver residence the banished, the exiled, the defiant, the indefatigable and unconquerable. He even managed to deliver house one native son who was presumed lost for 48 years.
It’s true PM Abiy gave all Ethiopians an power drink full of nutritional vitamins. I drink it on a regular basis!
That drink is known as “Medemer”.
“Medemer” is a drink that makes me conscious about the darkness of the last 27 years and opens my eyes to the rising sun on the Ethiopian horizon.
The self-styled journalist-cum-former-regime official-turned-opposition activist… believes he and his ilk are the smartest in all of Ethiopia’s opposition-dom. They will see and all others are blind.
He asserts the clueless Ethiopian zombie opposition is “clapping in the air.”
An empty barrel makes probably the most noise.
Profitable the battle of ideas, the battle for the hearts and minds of Ethiopians
I want it have been true that PM Abiy has “disarmed the Ethiopia opposition” together with his Medemer concepts.
To be completely candid and with all due respect, I do know of no Ethiopian opposition group “armed with ideas” worthy of being disarmed.
However I stand ready to be corrected if anyone can disprove me.
Anybody affronted by my assertion ought to first learn my September 2012 commentary, “Ethiopia’s Opposition at the Dawn of Democracy?”.
However I do know a few days ago, two “major opposition” parties have been pointing fingers at each other alleging “theft” of get together names.
“It’s Tweedle Dee”; “No, it’s Tweedle Dum.”
What a doggone disgrace?
Be that as it might, in PM Abiy’s weltanschauung, there isn’t any such factor as “disarming the opposition” of their concepts.
He has referred to as the opposition to hitch him in open debate, dialogue, discussions and negotiations.
Let’s have a battle of ideas to win the hearts and minds of the Ethiopian individuals with the convincing power of our concepts.
The battle of concepts in Ethiopia is a wrestle for justice, equality, human rights and democracy.
PM Abiy’s battle of concepts is to convince the individuals of Ethiopia to hitch palms (Medemer), put our shoulders to the wheel and noses to the grindstone and battle our historical enemies referred to as poverty, ignorance, disease and bigotry.
Medemer is a wrestle is to determine a vision of a rising Ethiopia, rising above the darkness of the previous many years of oppression and dangerous governance.
Medemer is the achievement of a prophesy, Ethiopia shall rise!
One disarms another when one believes the other is a menace.
I do know for a reality PM Abiy doesn’t consider the Ethiopian opposition difficult him with ideas is a menace or a hazard. He respects variations in opinions. But above all, he has issued a problem to interact in policy debates and in arising with ideas that surpass his personal. If their concepts win at the poll field, he will probably be outta there in 24 hours!
PM Abiy has declared again and again that Ethiopians can clear up their issues only via goodwill and good religion dialogue, discussion, negotiation and compromise. Political energy does not come out of the barrel of the gun. It comes out of the consent of individuals’s hearts and minds. Let the individuals determine which ideas they like for his or her governance.
PM Abiy has invited and challenged political leaders, scholars, advocates and activists to present their concepts in the Ethiopian marketplace of concepts and sell them.
The “opposition’s” response has been SILENCE.
When the “opposition” speaks, all we hear is bellyaching, heartaching, tooth gnashing, mudslinging, whining, moaning and groaning.
I know for a undeniable fact that PM Abiy does not consider his Medemer concept is the only right and right one.
Let the opposition come with ideas which are higher and more convincing. Let the individuals decide!
Regardless of his extraordinary accomplishments over the previous 14 months, PM Abiy is aware of he has barely scratched the surface in addressing Ethiopia’s issues.
All can see he’s doing the heavy lifting and heavy swinging.
If only the remainder of us might also pile up (“Medemer”), put our shoulders to the wheel and noses to the grindstone and do our little elements for the higher good of Ethiopia!
Ethiopians have an previous saying. “If spiders’ net could possibly be made into twine, it might tie up a lion.”
If hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian “spiders” might come collectively for a standard objective (“Medemer) and work together, they might snag and bag our historic enemies of poverty, disease, ignorance and bigotry.
“Medemer” means to help each other. To assist means to provide a hand, not a handout however a hand up.
Ten fingers working together (“Medemer”) can change Ethiopia for good or dangerous.
If 100 million Ethiopians might solely lend one another a hand (“Medemer”), they might uplift not only their nation but in addition the world.
That is what PM Abiy Ahmed’s “Medemer” means. One billion Ethiopian fingers coming together to carry up Ethiopia (or plant
4 billion timber) out of the miry pit poverty, disease, ignorance and ethnic division and hate.
“Medemer” is all about cooperation, collaboration, consultation, widespread trigger, give-and take, partnership, alliance-building, teamwork, giving a hand up and creating synergy for the widespread good.
“Medemer” can also be philosophically rooted in MLK’s concept of “solidarity and concern for the great of others” because we “are caught in an inescapable community of mutuality.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated:
We should all study to stay collectively as brothers or we’ll all perish collectively as fools. That is the good problem dealing with us immediately. No individual can stay alone; no nation can reside alone. We’re tied collectively. We’re tied collectively in the single garment of future, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever impacts one instantly impacts all indirectly. For some unusual purpose I can never be what I should be till you’re what you should be. This is the best way God’s universe is made; that is the best way it’s structured.
To me, that’s all “Medemer” is all about: Being tied together in the single garment of future and being caught in an inescapable network of mutuality referred to as Ethiopia.
The choice is to perish together as fools. How intently we got here to perishing collectively as fools simply 14 months in the past!
Once we apply “Medemer”, we can be doing what Dr. King decreed: Walk collectively, work together, go to jail collectively, rejoice collectively, cry together, snicker collectively, pray collectively, sing collectively, and stay together in peace till that day when all God’s youngsters – Amhara, Oromo, Tigray, Somali, Gurage, Wolayita, Sidama, Afar and the opposite 75 or more groups of the Ethiopian family — will rejoice in one widespread band of humanity.
Once we develop a strong tradition of inclusiveness, our id turns into our humanity. We give attention to what makes us human, and not a member of an ethnic group, faith or region.
Once we apply “Medemer”, we rise up from our slender ethnicity to our inclusive humanity or Ethiopianity.
Once we apply inclusiveness or Ethiopiawinet, we not assume when it comes to “I, me, mine”.
We scale up to think about “We, us, ours” as human beings sure in a single garment of destiny referred to as the New Ethiopia.
It’s by being inclusive (Medemer) that we will create a peaceable and harmonious society where everybody feels they belong of their nation as equals.
When everyone feels included and turns into a part of the Ethiopian family, “Medemer” turns into our track of faith, of hope, of freedom, of democracy, of equality, of justice.
“Medemer” ushers in our new day, our New Ethiopia, before the rising sun and becomes our anthem, not a slogan, as we march until victory is gained.
So, as I’ve requested earlier than, the question for all Ethiopians is to “medemer or not medemer”.
Alternatively, to provide you with an alternative choice to Medemer!
BTW, in case you are in the “opposition”, have a refreshing bottle of “Medemer Ethiopia 2019” on me!